Before bits and pieces of Google+ departed from Google's web toolbar earlier this month, the bar's notification panel began labeling notifications according to their origin. G+ notifications for example got a Google+ icon, while notifications about a user's photo library got the Google Photos badge.
Tonight it looks like Google is rolling out another change to the panel, adding a settings button which allows users to filter out G+, Photos, or YouTube notifications individually.
Interestingly, not all sources appear for all users - it's unclear exactly how the panel knows which options to show, but it appears that the presence of Photos or YouTube options partially depends on whether you've opted to receive those notifications in the Google+ settings. Read More
Looking for an awesome Android TV machine? Then go buy the NVIDIA SHIELD, because it's worth every penny that you pay over competitors like the Razer Forge TV and the original Nexus Player. But if you want one that's cheap, look no further than the Amazon listing for Google's first-party set-top box. Today the Nexus Player is $64.78, just over $35 off of the $100 retail price. Amazon Prime customers can get free two-day shipping as well.
The Nexus Player is far from ideal - its Intel-based hardware is poorly-optimized, so apps and games tend to be sluggish - but at the moment this deal is the only option for Android TV below $100. Read More
Google Trends has received a big redesign in what is its largest expansion since 2012. Perhaps the most striking change is the inclusion of real-time data. Users can now turn to Google Trends for minute-by-minute views at how people are currently using the web.
To make Trends a better tool for journalists and researchers, Google has added in the ability to search by more niche topics and smaller geographic areas. Not only can I see how many people in Virginia have searched for Android M in the past few hours, I can compare views between the people in the Roanoke Valley with those in the DC suburbs. Read More
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan started yesterday evening, making today the first full day of fasting for over a billion people around the world. For roughly the next 30 days, Muslims will abstain from food and drink during daylight hours.
That means many of you are turning to your phones to look up sunrise and sunset times, along with other relevant information. As a result, Google has decided to put it all in one place by launching My Ramadan Companion.
My Ramadan Companion provides recipes and information on local shops, along with sources of entertainment such as funny videos and helpful tutorials available on YouTube. Read More
Today Nest has unveiled the second generation of its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. It will retail for the same $100 as the previous model, and it comes with a number of fixes intended to address the flaws of the first model.
The big new feature is the ability to silence an alarm using the companion app. Other additions include a sensor that can tell the difference between fast and slow fires and a humidity sensor that should prevent the device from going off due to steam. If you have a soon-to-be-released Nest Cam in the same room, the companion app will let you quickly get a view of what's going on once the alarms sound off. Read More
Last year, Google released an open-source web project called Topeka. The project demoed the power of Polymer and material design on the web, and aimed to give developers some direction on how to execute material design in their own projects. Read More
Google pays people to find and close the flaws in its systems. This is pretty common throughout the tech industry, largely because it motivates people to approach from different backgrounds and with contrasting ways of thinking, something you can't get from internal employees. With Google products getting into the hands of billions of people and serving mission critical roles, it's crucial that services and information are safe.
Over the past five years, Google says it has paid over 1.5 million dollars to people that discovered vulnerabilities in Chrome and other products through its Security Rewards program. Now it will expand this program to cover Android. Read More
The Nexus 6 is great. It's also expensive, which is why the current $150 discount in the Google Store and other retailers is going over so well. But if you act quickly you can get Google's flagship phone for even less: an eBay seller is offering the standard 32GB blue model for $439.99, just over two hundred bucks off of the retail price. Discounts like this on Nexus phones are rare, and this is a new model, not refurbished.
The savings add up, too. US buyers get free standard shipping, and as long as you live outside Illinois you can Read More
skip the sales tax carefully report the purchase on your state tax return.
Google has unveiled several handy new features for Sheets, their Excel competitor that quite honestly needs all the help it can get. The goodies include enhancements to core functions in addition to collaboration. One of these involves being able to apply sharing permissions to specific parts of the spreadsheet, rather than the entire file.
With the new functionality, I can highlight a cell or set of cells and then right click, tap on "protect cells," and then alter the access rights to them. You may share your document with someone but not necessarily expect them to make major alterations. Read More
Google's bookmark revamp (which was sometimes referred to as "Stars") has had a rough ride over the past dozen or so months. After being spotted online, it showed up as a standalone Chrome extension and web interface, then resurfaced as the Bookmark Manager for Chrome. It seems however that the experiment wasn't as positive or fruitful as the team had hoped, and the redesign has been canned - at least as the default bookmarks view in Chrome.
Writing on the Google Product Forums, Google employee Sarah Dee explained, "For the time being, we’ve decided to bring back the previous version. Our team will continue to explore other ways to improve the bookmarks experience. Read More